Ride the wave towards social, economical, and environmental advancement. As evident with the record breaking hurricane season, responsible for 30 storms and counting, harnessing technology to mitigate storm effects is critical. Climate change is fueling warmer ocean temperatures, growing hurricane intensity, and slowing hurricanes as they make landfall. We are undoubtedly in a pivotal moment of environmental, social, and economical change. Embracing technology like Opti provides our communities with the right tools to build smart, resilient cities. Opti enables cities to act proactively in response to storms, rather than reactively to intense damage.
In 2016 and 2018, Howard County faced intense flooding issues due to severe storms. Simultaneously, Howard County was aiming to meet an MS4 permit's stormwater targets. Striving to mitigate flood risk and build a sustainable community, the county implemented Opti as part of the Clean Water Howard initiative.
In 2018, Opti was installed at both public and commercial properties. In result, peak flow was reduced by 90% and the county saved 70% in comparison to what they would spend with passive management. The sustainability initiative at Howard County saved landowner’s money in Watershed Protection fees, delivered 19.4 acres of water quality credits, and built a lasting plan of resilience for the community. Howard County and Opti shared this story at Microsoft’s Virtual Government Summit: Building Resilience for a Better Tomorrow. Watch Opti and Howard County's segment at the Microsoft Government Summit to learn more about how we're building a better tomorrow.
Change is a constant. Change creates opportunity. Technology provides us with the tools to accelerate change, thereby accelerating improvements. Humans, as animals, are naturally resistant to change. Yet, businesses that do not change, risk dying. The bookstore industry is a perfect example. The challenge in our industry is the digital adoption is much too slow. We need to accelerate digital transformation if we are to tackle our water quality and quantity challenges. This is not a competition; it is an imperative that will save our economy and the lives we are responsible for. Everyone wins, but at the current pace, too many people will be left out, and the economic costs will continue to rise.
Accelerating climate change disasters, a public health crisis, dramatically declining tax revenues, and a high priority need to clean up our environment has positioned digital tools to be the best solution. It all starts with a digital mindset, and in the coming months, Opti will share attributes of this critical mindset with you.
Opti, City of Redmond, Osborn Consulting Partner to Improve Water Quality
The City of Redmond, Washington is working with Opti and Osborn Consulting to restore the health of the Monticello Watershed to pre-development conditions. With Opti’s real time control system, the City of Redmond is looking to reduce erosive flows and rehabilitate stream health. Opti’s presence in the City of Redmond is expanding into the Overlake Village drainage system, to optimize underground detention and infiltration systems. Opti is the only real time control solution with approval of the TAPE Washington program and continues to lead water restoration in the region. Read further about our work together here.
"Resiliency must become a planning and funding priority of any municipality"
Every community must take steps to build resilience against floods, fires, and hurricanes to adapt to a rapidly changing climate. Patrick W. Krechowski, outlines the steps cities should take to adaptation. In the Bloomberg Law article, Krechowski recommends communities review municipal codes and land planning, rebuild and retrofit aging infrastructure, utilize and expand on existing resources, tap grants for funding, and most importantly: get started now. Harness forward thinking technology to build a smarter, safer community. View the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit to create a plan, access resources, and move toward resilience.
Opti on Air: A Digital Tipping Point
Opti’s latest and most innovative release, Smart Watershed Network Management, signals a paradigm shift in watershed management. CEO David Rubinstein and VP of Technology, Co-founder Alex Bedig come on Radio Entrepreneurs to speak with Jeffrey Davis about Opti’s monumental step toward global site management. Opti’s major product breakthrough is creating “a journey to a more dynamically managed and collaborative future using technology”. Watch the full interview here. This month, Opti held a webinar showing the 10 year journey and evolution from single site optimization to Smart Watershed Network Management. If you missed out, please view the full recording below.
“7 Inventions and Ideas to Stop Flooding and Mitigate Its Effects”
Interesting Engineering provides the latest to an innovative engineering, technology, and science community. A recent article lists leading inventions to mitigate and prevent floods, which are only worsening with time. Amongst the inventions, Opti’s real time control is listed as the 6th most unique flood prevention technology that "could change the future". Click here to read more about Opti’s cloud based technology and other leaders in our industry.
MnDot Explores IESF Basins
Minnesota Department of Transportation explores innovative stormwater management solutions. Throughout the state, iron enhanced stormwater filtration (IESF) basins have been implemented for phosphorus removal. MnDot ran a study from 2012 to 2018 to monitor the performance of an IESF basin. The study provides monitoring and installation recommendations for the future. Learn more about the study here.
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